Celebrating the Halloween Season with WITS!

Delaney EarleyBooks

The Halloween season is upon us and I am excited to share some literary-inspired ways to celebrate the day.  Whether you’re fretting over costume ideas or hoping to stay cozy inside with a creepy puzzle or story, there are plenty of ways to have a haunting good time this Halloween!

Costume Corner

If dressing up for Halloween fills you with ghoulish delight, check out this curated collection of book-themed costumes for kids and adults alike.  Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid can bring Greg Heffley to life this October with a white t-shirt, a pair of black shorts, and printable mask! Kamala Khan may be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon as Ms. Marvel, but the most dedicated of fans may already know Kamala from her graphic novel series. You can channel Ms. Marvel this Halloween with a black lightning bolt t-shirt, bright scarf, a denim skirt, and red tights!

Petrifying Puzzles

If you are interested in putting your brain through a fearsome test, look no further than this assortment of Halloween word search puzzles.  Each puzzle is sorted by difficulty and has a distinct theme. Challenge your family and friends to see who can find the most candy, pumpkins, and monsters—if you dare!

Spine-chilling Stories

Finally, this Halloween, embrace the chill in the air and settle in with a blanket and a sinister tale. For younger learners, these stories are sure to be a hit.  Personal favorites from my childhood include Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman and Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell.  Teen readers may enjoy this collection of books from the Chicago Public Library. Each nail-biting story takes place in mysterious forests full of both friends and frights!

However you choose to spend the day, I hope these ideas help you have a scary amount of fun! Stay safe and have a happy Halloween!